US Soldier given 100 years in prison

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    US soldier sentenced over Iraq rape

    Two of the five soldiers charged in the rape and murders have been sentenced so far [AFP]
    A military court has sentenced a US soldier to 27 months in prison as an accessory to the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Iraq and the killing of her family.

    The court concluded on Wednesday that Private Bryan Howard overheard his friends planning the crime and lied to protect them, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported.
    Howard had earlier pleaded guilty to the accessory charge and conspiracy to obstruct justice, and was sentenced at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

    Murder and rape charges against Howard were dropped "based on his limited role in the crimes", the military said.
    Five soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division have been charged in the rape and killing of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi in Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad. Her mother, father and six-year-old sister were also shot dead.

    Howard told the court that he was left behind at a checkpoint while four other soldiers went to rape the girl, and that he had overheard the four planning the attack.

    "I was slowly starting to believe what they had done, that they had committed the crimes, the rape and the murder," Howard said.

    He reportedly said in a statement to the court: "If I could go back, I would not have let it happen in the first place. I definitely would have told somebody."

    The Mahmudiya case was one of several killings and abuses involving US soldiers that prompted Iraqi officials to call for a review of foreign troops' immunity from prosecution in Iraq.

    Two soldiers had previously pleaded guilty to the rape and murders in Mahmudiyah.

    Last month Sergeant Paul Cortez was sentenced to 100 years in prison for his part in the rape and murders, while specialist James Barker was sentenced to 90 years in prison last November.

    The alleged ringleader, Steve Green, was earlier discharged from the army and is to be tried in a federal court.


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    If they raped people they deserve to be in prison.

    I think cases like these clearly show that the administration hasnt been permitting bad behavior by the military, let alone authorated as the left would like to pretend.
     
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    Can you show me where any lefty anywhere has suggested that the Administration has "authorated" rape?
     
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    No one authorised it,
    but it was abviously planned and premeditated, because they thought they would never get caught.
    If the soldiers think that their superiors arent paying enough attention that they can rape and murder people, then the administration has obviously got some issues that need to be addressed.
     
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    Waay too long a stretch between the "administration" and the level in the echelonmnet where these solders work and live. The soldier's immediate supervisors sure have some issues though!
     
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    My mistake, you are correct. thank you.
     
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    Where on earth have you been? For years the left has been angry at Rumsfeld for alleged rape and torture He was supposed to have authorized.

    But the facts dont fit the theories. It's clear that if anyone in the military misbehaves they are sanctioned and punished.
     
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    I never saw anybody saying Rumsfield authorise anything of the sort. I saw a lot of people annoyed at a perceived sense of dragging his feet on issues...
     
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    these little shits should have gotten the death penalty.:eusa_boohoo:
     
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    Not that I am bothered but, wasn't Saddam Hussein tried and hanged for 'authorising' atrocities much like the one comitted by US troops who only seem to be accountable to and for themselves.Some might argue double standards.
     
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